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Jiwon Yoon

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Jiwon Yoon

Fellow Scholar

Dr. Jiwon Yoon (Ph.D., Temple University) is a researcher, educator, and activist with more than 20 years of experience teaching media literacy in various educational settings, including public/private schools, alternative educational settings, universities, and teacher education programs in the U.S., South Korea, and China. She was an associate professor of media studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago (2010-2017, tenured).

Jiwon has been focusing on research in media literacy in the areas of global understanding, intercultural communication, cultural competence, and popular culture in North and South Korea. Her works have been published in scholarly journals and as book chapters, and she has received research awards from BEA (Broadcast Education Association) and ICA (International Communication Association).

She has engaged in numerous collaborations with South Korean media literacy academics, such as conducting research on youth media use and policy in four nations and developing media literacy education resources for multicultural contexts.

Jiwon is passionate about sharing the narratives of North Korean defectors. She is currently working with Kumhee Choi, a North Korean defector residing in Australia, to tell her life story. Learn more about their collaborative journey at

 Additionally, Jiwon is exploring the intersection of media literacy with cultural competence, a topic she plans to delve into on this blog:

**Jiwon was a member of Media Education Lab during her doctoral studies at Temple University (2005-2009) and participated in various projects, including but not limited to: (developed the content and format of online multimedia curriculum for girls); Media Literacy as a Means to Promote Cultural Understanding project (worked as a consultant to promote better understanding of Muslim culture through media literacy); and Digital Nation (as part of a team, developed a structured online learning experience for educators and parents using video and multimedia resources created for the television documentary entitled Digital Nation).


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